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The history of the Colts franchise dates back more than 60 years and spans across two American cities. It includes several league championships, two Super Bowls, and two of the most iconic quarterbacks in football lore.
Though current quarterback Andrew Luck has experienced some success in the league since being selected out of Stanford with the number one overall pick in 2012, he has a big mountain to climb if he wants to be mentioned in the same breath as Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. Privileged with the honor of getting to watch these stars over the years, Colts fans endured a long and dark period marred by a lack of success on the field and a controversial and heartbreaking move from Baltimore to Indianapolis under owner Robert Irsay.
Jim Irsay, Robert’s son, is now the owner of the Colts and has seen his team through a momentous Super Bowl victory in 2006, the opening of an incredible new venue at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008, and the transition from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning to his heir apparent in Andrew Luck.
Head Coach Chuck Pagano hopes that Andrew Luck will bounce back after a tough year plagued by inconsistent play, injuries, and a playoff absence. Healed up and raring to go, Luck looks to receivers T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief to make some big plays down the field to compliment veteran running back Frank Gore, who never ages, continuing to capitalize on some big running lanes created by the offensive line. He recently moved into 8th place all-time on the NFL rushing list.
Linebacker and all-time franchise leader in sacks Robert Mathis has retired, leaving a major gap in talent and leadership that will need to be filled. Lacking the firepower to be a real threat to opposing teams around the league, Pagano is forced to rely on outscoring opponents as opposed to shutting them out. It will be interesting to see how defensive coordinator, Ted Monachino, handles the task of implementing a system to maximize the talents on the roster. The Colts had a great draft, adding Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson to their backfield, while selecting Tarell Basham to do some damage in the pass rush.
This year’s team looks to add another Lombardi Trophy to a franchise that has been home to such enormous talents as Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and Dwight Freeney. Click here for more information about the Indianapolis Colts.